We provide advice concerning:
issues arising from residential and commercial real property transactions and related fixtures
residential and commercial leases
tenant-in-common agreements, landlord-tenant relationships, and other arrangements
home improvement contracts and home repairs problems
the avoidance and removal of liens on property
confidential advice to real estate agents and brokers
questions about easements and property line disputes.
We have had the privilege of advising many organizations, churches, spiritual leaders, and their related entities engaged in religious or spiritually-influenced activities concerning a variety of business and organizational matters.
We have advised on the following areas:
Advice and assistance concerning legal entities and organizational forms appropriate for the client’s particular situation, including regular and non-profit corporations, corporations sole, LLCs, unincorporated associations, tax-exempt organizations, and monastic entities.
Negotiation and drafting of agreements and other legal documents that reflect the parties’ goals and spirit. Advice concerning business operations and “UBIT” tax issues.
Advice and assistance to organizations, clergy, and individuals concerning pastoral misconduct and employment decisions.
Representation in the filing, and when necessary litigation, of trademarks and copyrights arising in religious and spiritual contexts.
Defense of legal claims brought by members, followers, donors, and other organizations, as well as representation with respect to governmental actions. Advice and representation concerning claims to church property.
Advice and representation responding to defamation, slander, libel and similar claims in a religious or spiritual context.
Advice and representation concerning private and public discrimination based on religion in employment, housing, public services, and zoning.
Advice and assistance in anticipating and avoiding litigation. Development of policies and procedures to comply with legal requirements, court orders, or other developments. Conduct of internal investigations and advice on public statements.
Jon’s familiarity with different religious traditions and the variety of religious expression permits him to appreciate each client’s unique situation, set that situation in an appropriate context, and advocate for the client both in and out of the courtroom.
We assist in:
researching, registering, and renewing state and federal trademarks and federal copyrights;
drafting agreements for their use and protection, as well as asserting and defending claims in US courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
We do not assist with the prosecution, licensing, or litigation of patent matters.
We provide advice to small and growing businesses on a wide variety of issues that may arise, including:
Advice and representation concerning the myriad nuts and bolts of small business operations;
Assisting with the documentation of unusual sales, such as the sale of a substantial portion of the assets, sale of the entire business, and transactions involving restaurants. We can determine if the transactions is a “bulk sale” triggering certain requirements, and assist in fulfilling those if needed.
Negotiating and drafting contracts for sales, purchases, manufacturing, and distribution, domestic and foreign;
Advice and assistance generally to interface with regulatory and licensing agencies, advocacy before any quasi-judicial proceedings.
Prosecution and defense of alter ego claims
Representation during corporate investigations
Breach of contract claims
Trade secret issues.
Litigation is often not the best solution, and we work to avoid it if possible, both by proactive interactions and the use of alternative disputes vehicles. When nothing else will do, we can guide or assist you in that litigation, keeping in your goals, budget, and likely return.
We have assisted companies and individuals with litigation in the areas of:
Breach of contracts
HOA, zoning and local government issues
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Forming and advising corporations, LLCs, and other entities in California, Delaware, or offshore.
Assisting clients in maintaining necessary records and complying with required filings.
Forming and advising U.S. subsidiaries and branch offices of parent corporations based in China and Taiwan.
Advising on changes in corporate and LLC structure, ownership, and operations.
Assisting with government and regulatory agencies, including the revival of suspended entities.